Division of Labor and Industry


MOSH Instruction 98-2 - Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH)


1.  All drivers must have a driver's license which is valid in the State of Maryland.

2.  All drivers shall operate State vehicles in a manner that reflects concern for safety and courtesy towards the public.

3.  An employee having a driver's license with six (6) or more points for moving violations shall not operate a State vehicle.

4.  State vehicles shall be driven only by State Officials and authorized employees.  Exceptions to this rule must have written authorization from the Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning.

5.  State vehicles shall not be used to conduct personal business, to transport members of the family, e.g., transporting children to and from school, or for pleasure.  Passengers in State vehicles must be authorized persons on State business.

6.  No person may drive or ride in the front seat of a State motor vehicle unless properly restrained by the occupant restraint device.  It shall be the driver's responsibility to ensure that the passengers use the available restraint devices.

7.  All traffic and parking laws are to be obeyed.  Posted speed limits are not to be exceeded nor is the vehicle to be operated above safe driving speeds for road conditions.  All violation fines shall be the responsibility of the driver involved.

8.   All accidents are to be reported to agency headquarters, within twenty-four hours, even if another vehicle is not involved or there are no apparent injuries or damages.

9.  A daily travel log (VMILOO) shall be maintained in each State sedan or LTV vehicle on a monthly basis unless exempted by the Secretary, DBFP.  Logs must indicate all destinations by official and commute mileage, even if driven by different individuals.  Agencies are required to have these logs available for audit purposes.

10.  State vehicles are to be properly maintained. Vehicles assigned to agencies unable to provide scheduled maintenance are to be guided by oil change, lubrication and maintenance recommendations of the manufacturer.  All warranties are to be exercised.

11.  The driver of a State vehicle shall take every precaution to ensure the safety of the vehicle and its contents.  The driver shall lock the vehicle and take the keys, except in those instances when a commercial parking garage requires the keys be left with the vehicle.

12.  Operators of State vehicles are personally responsible for vehicles operated by them.  Should damage to a State vehicle result through misuse, abuse or willful negligence, the operator may be required to make restitution to the State.

13.  The use of State of Maryland vehicle service/credit cards is restricted to State vehicles and under no circumstances are to be left in custody of service station or maintenance facility attendants.

14.  Whenever possible, trips should be planned to coincide with other employee travel requirements so that vehicles are used efficiently and economically.

15.  Willful disregard of these rules is considered just cause for disciplinary action.

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